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Aerial picture ofTartu, Estonia

Tartu City Government, in collaboration with the Estonian Association of Architects, presents the International Architecture Competition for the Tartu Downtown Cultural Centre. Architects from all over the world are invited to design one of the most important future cultural spaces in the second biggest city of Estonia, in the very heart of university town Tartu.

The competition intends to find the best architectural design for the building and outdoor space of the cultural centre. The design should suit the given location and milieu and create harmony with the urban space along the river Emajõgi.

Participants must design a building for a city library, art museum, event centre with multifunctional black-box and other activities supporting the cultural centre with a biologically diverse and active park and human scale public space.

Urmas Klaas, Mayor of Tartu, expressed his hope that the interest in the architecture competition is high. “There has been a lot of talk about the Downtown Cultural Centre in Tartu and elsewhere,” claimed the mayor. “We expect architects to come up with solutions that take into account the sensitive location of the building and offer opportunities to bring together various cultural fields and communities.”

The competition is organised during the city’s detailed plan process and the winner’s solution will form the basis of it. The winner will be awarded a design contract for the preparation of the construction project.

COMPETITION PRIZES:
1st place – € 60,000
2nd place – € 40,000
3rd place – € 20,000
Three special rewards of € 10,000.00 each

The submission deadline is on May 5, 2023. Please submit entries via the Public Procurement Register.

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